Upcycling Shenanigans – Jar and Plastic Container Crochet Covers

Late last year, I came across the idea for the jar to put positive events in. You can find that entry here.

Ahh, so many crochet, upcycled goodies. Left to right –
“Good Stuff” Jar, example upcycled vitamin bottle, and
upcycled coffee can. Oh, and a little bag I’ll be sending a
certain little boy in the background.

When I decorated the jar, I decided to try out some of my crochet. I discovered that I could relatively easily crochet a little cover for the top.

Since then, I’ve done the same for a couple of other projects. This is such an easy crafts to do, I figured I’d put together of quick little how-to for the blog.
You don’t need a whole lot of materials for this project. Everything you need is contained in the following list.
  • Jar or bottle
  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Embellishment materials
If you do it the way I chose to, I’ve found that stretching the
chain to fit is the best way to get the right fit.

Step One

There are a couple of ways that you can start. The first would be to measure around the narrowest
part under the lip of the jar or bottle, and then crochet chain to that length. I simply started the chain and continued until it fits snugly around the part I wanted to start.
If you’re doing the measurement method, make sure to measure the widest part of the bottle or jar, too. That way, you’ll know how much you’ll need to increase your stitches.

Either way works.
I’ve also found that it’s easier to work the rounds if you remove the yarn from the jar as you work. I would still put it back on intermittently to make sure I still had the sizing right.

The little in progress ring.
Step Two
Simply because this is the way I learned how to do it, I tend to crochet the first line with single stitches for just about everything I do. That’s how I suggest you start this project.
After each round is completed, join the round, so you can start a new one. This would also work. If you are to crochet continuously, but I found joining the rounds helps the end be a little more even.
Step Three
Depending on how long the narrowest part of the jar is, continue with the same amount of stitches in the round. Once it starts to flare, you can start increasing the stitches.
For the bottle I’m using as an example, I crocheted two normal stitches and then increased by one stitch. I continue this for the full round. I only did that for one round because the flare was pretty short.
This is the row where I started increasing the stitches. From this point on, I kept the same amount of stitches in each round.
Step Four
Once you reach the body of the bottle or jar, continue the round as usual. I’ve found that the single stitch is nice, but alternating single with double makes a very interesting pattern, too. It’s totally up to you.
I just did single stitches for this example.
Step Five
Unless you’re only crocheting a partial cover, I found that a good way to keep it in place is to crochet the entire length of the body and then decrease the last row. By decreasing the final row, you’ll create a lip to hold the whole thing in place.
If you misjudge or you’re not confident in the security of the piece, you can use either hot glue or all-purpose glue. Hot glue would probably work better with class, but it’s not a good idea to use on plastic because plastic has possibility of melting. Plastic is usually a better candidate for the all-purpose glue. When in doubt, always read the labels of the glue.

This is how the bottom of the bottle looked when I finished.
Once you have the cover finished, you can add buttons, felt or whatever other adornments you would like.
It’s a very easy project for a lot of crocheters. I consider myself between the novice and intermediate levels because I’ve been teaching myself for a while now, but I still have a very far way to go. However, with enough practice almost anyone can do this simple project.

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